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    September 27, 2010
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special reports this week. her reform effort in the district has noton over president obama who sends his daughters to a private school. on "today" monday morning a caller asked obama about education in the city. >> as a father of two delightful and seemingly bright daughters i want to know whether or not you think malia and sasha would get the same high quality rigorous education in a d.c. public school as compared to their very elite private academy they are attending now. >> i will be blunt with you. the answer is no right now. the d.c. public school systems are struggling. >> reporter obama did acknowledge that city schools are getting betterlike in other cities. >> they have made important strides over e last several year to move in e direction of reform. there are terrific individual schools in e d.c. system. that's true, by the way, in every city across the country. >> reporter: d.c. council chairman vincent gray, the democric nominee forayor
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who defeated rhee's boss politely objected to the president's characterization of city schools. >> i did hear the comment. of course we wish he would rethink that. i think we ha some excellent schools both in our traditional public schooland our charter schools. i think his daughters would get a first class education. at the end of the day, every parent has to make the decision they feel is best for their children. >> there are great blic schools and i think the predent's lack of knowledge about individual schools and d.c. public schools probably resulted in him making the statement. clely there are good public schools in d.c. without a doubt. >> reporter: gray told some city business leaders today that education reform is one of his top priorities whether he keeps michelle rhee or not. we still don't know the answer to the question and probably won't until the end of november. >> thanks, m. >> "nightly ns" with brian
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williams has extensive coverage of education nation and we have extensive coverage on our website including a local father and his decision to take his twins out of traditional classrooms to home school them. it's been really dry lately, but that ended last night and today. lots of rain last night and again today. even a couple of storms bumping around out there. you definitely need an umbrella. chief meteorologist doug k.ammerer with more on this. >> you have to keephe umbrella handy tonight and tomorrow and mostly likely wednesday and thursday as well. we told you we needed rain and mother nature helping us out. so locations picking up two to three inches of rain already during the day today. you can see cloud cover across the d.c. area now and across the metro area. also just off to the st. we are looking at big time showers and big time heavy rain as well. that rain right now falling just to the west of frederick around hagerstown to morgantown west
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virginia,. winchester, berriville seeing heavy rain through western portions of louden county. as we widen out, more rain to the south around richmond. that rain will be making its way up to e d.c. area. also areas toward the east overnight tonight. that's where we could see some of the heaviest rain as we move through the night. a flash flood watch through the night tonight into tomorrow morning for all of the area just about. you see it highlighted. we'll see the chance for one to three inches of rain tonight into tomorrow morning. most of that will be localized. don't be surprised to see heavy rain in your area. 9:00 tonight, 11:00 tonight and more rain tomorrow morning around 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. it could be a rather wet rush hour. just make sure you take a large umbrella, the big golf umbrella as you make your way out the door tonight or tomorrow. more rain in the forecast. eel show you in the full forecast later on. >> see you then. thank you, doug. it's not raining now but the
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severe weather affected drivers earlier today. some streetsloodedquickly. john schriffen has more. >> reporter: you know, residents around the washington regi, especially here in montgomy county have become accustomed to dealing with unpredictable weather so. drivers were happy to see the rain because it's something we haven't seen in quite some time. others say today's storm brought back memories of days without power. >> it's good for the grass and trees. the power outages we have had with the storms and so forth. >>reporter: the steady rain caused all types of headaches throughout the region. in rockville and route 28, this flooded overpass forced crs to squeeze from two lanes to one, causing a backup for blocks. >> you actually only have two drains on the bridge. it'sifficult with the rain we
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did get, if it backs up, it will back up totally. >> reporter: motorists had to be careful noer ovner and dickens lane. because of the storm the tree came crashing down in the middl or of of the road. drivers said the roads were treacherous. >> i was on my way to pick up my mother and it was dangerous. quite a downpour. >> porter: as the creeks swelled and rain poured, for many it was a welcome site. sight. today is only the second significant rainfall we have seen the month of september. >> it's been forever since it's rained all day. we have had huge storms but this is nice. >> reporter: you don't have an umrella out here. >> i like to get wet. it's okay. >> i'm sittinging in my cubicle all day.
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>> nothing bothers me. snow would be better. >> reporter: believe it. there are some people thinking about snow this early in the year. well, before we get ahead of yourselves, authorities warn drivers headed home for the commute, plan extra time. have patience. it will take extra time to get home. many roads are still wet and slick tonight. reporting live in bethesda on river road, john schriffen. back to you. >> need the patience tomorrow. anks, john. two teenagers have been arrested in a recent assault. the second one is only 14 years old. it all happened tuesday last week outside canterbury village shopping center. a 59-year-old property inspector was taking photos behind the strip mall there. he told police two boys walked up to him demanding his camera. he refused and the teens allegedly knocked him down and stabbed him three times in the chest, took his money, camera,
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his cell phone and ran away. a 15-year-old boy was arrested at the scene. the second teenager was arrested last thursday at his house. both of them are beinging held now without bond. the victim is expected recover. >> police connue to search for the driver who left the scene of an accident that critically injured a 24-year-old woman over the weekend. it happened on saturday night along carol avenue in silver springs. the victim's name hasn't been released. police say part of the car's side mirror was ripped off during the accident. they are looking for a dark sedan with damage on e front end and possibly the windshield. police in leesburg, virginia, are warning people about ads to become secret shoppers for western union or moneygram. a company sends you a check telling you to cash it. keep part of it for yourself and wire the majority to another location. then you're asked to complete a survey about your experience. a week later banks determine the
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check is a fraud and you become responsible for the funds. police say you should avd any officer that requires you to cash a check in exchange for a portion of the sum. in montgomery county they are planning a round of budget cuts. a county executive said to get ready for 10 to 15% reductions in the next year. there will be a shortfall for the 2012 fiscal year for the county. the county has not yet mentioned anything about new taxes. after a four-week rally, the stock market today fell off. the dow jones dropped almost 50 points and close t at 10,812. the nasdaq dropped 11 points. it ended the day at 2369. the s&p 500 dropped six points and closed at 1142. today, president obama signed into law his small business bill. he cled it one of his concrete moves to put more americans back to work.
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republicans opposed the move. steve handelsman has the story. >> reporter: this pizzeria is expanding. the owner in part credits president obama and his new small business bill for helping her restaurant and the nation's jobless. >> should we hire, which i think we areoing to, employees who have been unemployed for a couple of months then we would get a tax benefit for doing that. >> reporter: at the white house today there was ruth, a guest, as president obama formay approved the democrats' small busiss bill. >> it was critical that we cut taxes and make more loans available to entrepreneurs. >> reporter: the $30 billion bill could spark $300 billion in loans. ler, democrats would allow a
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hike of the top ince tax rate that many small businesses pay. critics call the bill a burden. >> there are welcome tax cuts all businesses have been looking for but they are, by and large, temporary, small and completely overwhelmed by tax increases. >> reporter: ruth, already an obama fan, is elated. >> i think this is the kind of action that can befit small businesses. >> reporter: that's the president's pitch as he signs the bilthat democrats have the plano get more americans back to work. for the rest of the fall he'll campaign for democrats. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news news 4, capitol hill. back to you. domingo has run for years. in addition to lending his voice
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as a tenor in the opera he was a conduor and artistic director. for sevenears he's been the opera's general director, but this will be his last season with the national opera. he plans to leave when his contract expires at the end of june. opera officials say he helped the washgton opera gain international recognition. domingo said in a statement he hopes to be invited back to sing and conduct. heerves as the general director of the los angeles opera. he just extended his contract there for two more years. he's 69 years old. still ahead on news 4 at 6:00 u.s. marines under fire in afghanistan. >> the navy planning toeef up security around the vice president's mansion inorthwest d.c. >> the company that makes pomegranate juice is being sued for falseclaims. >> reporter: this is chris gor dochblt southwest airlines is acquiring air-tran.
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what will it mean for you if you're planning a trip? i have a report ahead. coming up in sports, did an injury curtail clinton portis's playing time yesterday? and the redskins defense struggleso get off the field on third down. and wizards guard gilbert arenas talks to the media for the first time since he was suspeed.
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announcer: you're watching news 4 at 6:00. serious firefight in marjah infghanistan yesterday. u.s. marines were on patrol with afghan troops when taliban insurgents ambushed them from three different locations. the associated press photographer was embeddedith the marines and shot video of the gun battle that followed. the cobra attack helicopters provided air support and, in fact, pursued some of the rebels into pakistan, in fact, which created a problem with the pakistani government there. no u.s. casualties reported. marjah was a taliban strong hold until seven months. u.s. marines and afghan trps forced the insurgents to rereat, but the taliban fought back with roadside bombs and ambushes. iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad repeated his
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controversial comments about the september 11 attacks. today ahmadinejad suggested a fact-finding panel should be created by the united nations to look into who was behind the attacks. the iranian president claid last week most people in the world believe the united states was behind the attacks. presint obama accused him of makinging hateful and offensive comments. >> a temporary jewish settlement moratorium started today. it's at that time hrt of the u.s. brokered peace talks in the mooems. palestinians want an indefinite stop to construction while jewish settlers want to continue tir expansion into arab-controlled areas. stephanie gosk has our report. >> reporter: with mideast peace talks hanging in the balance, mahmoud abbas said there would be, quote, no quick decision to put out of negotiations. at midnight, israelnded the ten-month eeze onsettlement construction. abbas warned in the past that the freeze was necessary for the
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recently rekindled peace process to move forward. standing alongside french president nicolas sarkozy in paris, the palestinian leader said he would wait to make his final decision until after a meeting on october 4 of arab leaders. >> we are ready for serious negotiations, but settlement activity should stop immedtely. this is the only way to continue a thoughtful talks. >> reporter: in a statement from the white house, the obama administration reiterated the objection to settlement construction and pledged to continue its diplomatic efforts. israeli prime ministerenjamin netanyahu urged restraint and responsibility moving forward. but several celebrations were held once the end to freeze was announced. toda construction continues. stephanie gosk, nbc news, london. >> here at home the justice department uncovered a cheating scandal in the fbi involving an exam on the bureau's policies
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for conducting surveillance on americans. inveigators say several agencies used a computer software flaw to reveal answers while taking the test. th scandal includes several supervisors. the justice department called on the fbi to discipline e agents and come up with a new test to ensure everyone understands the rules. the vice president's residence is gettinng a security upgrade. the navy will install a ten-foot-high security fence around the naval observatory in northwest d.c. two new guard houses and vehicle barriers will be added. the u.s. secretservice is paying for the upgrade. the agencyays the upgrades are not in response to any particular threat to the vice president or his family. coming up, ben & jerry's will change some of the labels because of the all natural claims. >> the first casino in maryland opened its doors today. and doug will tell us how lg the rain will last. [ male announcer ] looking for a complete picture of your mone
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>> announcer: you're watching news 4 at 6:00. >> a company that makes a popular juice is defending itself against a government complaint of false advertisinging. the federal trade commission found the complaint against pom wonderful that claims pomegranate juice can treat prostate cancer or erectile dysfunction. pom says it has years of
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research and calls the ftc's allegations unwarranted. >> a look at some of the ben & jerry's products will reveal on the label sometimes the words "all natural." the center for science and public interests contacted the ice cream maker abou it and told them to take it off. now ben & jerry's will remove the "all natural" label from ice creams and frozen yogurts that contain alkalized cocoa, corn syrup or hydrogenated soybean oil. there are at least 48 products that didn't have the correct label on them. >> i'm not worried abo that when i'm eating cherry garcia. >> i think that won't affect sales. i haven't once read the labe on a pint of ben & jerry's. >> me neither. that's good stuff. also good stuff is the rain. >> we need it. not necessarily all at once, but -- >> this is the week we have been without the rain really for a month. we had one day of significant rainfall in the last month.
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we need to see the rain. yes, it's all coming this week. so far some locations picked up well over two to three inches of rain. other areas haven't seen a lot out there at all including the airport. this is heavy rain aund the metro area toward bethesda seeing heavy rain. that was around the highway seeing rain out the today. as far as what we are seeing now, ju the cloud cover. heavy rain is out of here. now we are seeing the cloud cover that's rolled on in here and has pretty much been here all day long. a beautiful day on saturday. yesterday, activity early and then sunshine. today, all clouds and rain. high today was 78 degrees. we were a little bit above average. the high was 75. we finally saw much needed rain out thre. look at this. at the airport, just over a tenth of an inch. less than two-tenths at the airport. to the north and west, a completely different story. we are seeing teeratures around 75 degrees. winds from the south at 13 miles an hour. they have been gusting upwards
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of 20 to 25 miles an hour through the evening. 2.8 inches around gathersburg. last night into today. tom called just to the south saying he got nearly three inches of rain this morning. again, we have seen the rain in some locations. right now, not a lotof rain going on. you have to go to the west and out to the east. that's where some of the rain is. back to the west back toward martinsburg, west virginia, bruns wick, berriesville and winchester. 66 toward front royal seeing the rain as well. more shower activity down toward richmond. this continues to move to north tonight. we'll see rain overnight tonight into torrow morning. that's why we have a flash flood watch in effect through tomorrow morning for just about the entire area. watch out out there, especially after the midnig hour. i expect to see some of the heaviest rain overnight tonight. 75 in sterling.
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73 in quantico. fed ricksburg around 74 degrees. right toward florida inundated with heavy rainfall all because of this area of low pressure. that area of low pressure will make it to the north and east away from us. again, heavy rain tonight but by tomorrow afteron that will ush out of here for a good portion of the day. more rain on wednesday into thursday. that's the pattern setting up a deep eastern trough setting up here. that will bring in more rain. wet for days here. not a washoutvery day. i think the most rain will come tonight and wednesday night. tomorrow afterno may be not all that bad. this is the rain i expect over the next 48 hours to 72 hours. three inches potentially around the wshington, d.c. area. even more to the south maybe four inches toward richmond. that's a lot of rain and we need it. showers and thunderstorms occasionallyeavy with isolated flooding. most of it has moved off. tomorrow, scattered showers and wet roadways.
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give yourself extra time as you make your way out. temperatures, 74 to 80 degrees. maybe some early showers but afteoon clearing. as we make it through the next four days high of 76 on wednesday. late day showers and thunderstorms. more rain on thursday and right now friday looking good wi the temperature of 73 degrees. make youway through the extended forecast. temperatures fall. look at that. only in the 60s. that is with plenty of sunshine. >> do you tnk the rain will help the fall color? >> i may be too late for that. it may be too late. >> a lot of lecrispy leaves on e ground, too. thanks, doug. a jury reaches a verdict in the trial of the man accused of killing a major league baseball pitcher from our area. >> youth offenders will now have gps devices on them when released into the community. two airlines merge. what it could mean for travel at
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our local airports. >> and a study list it is busiest metro stops. >> reporter: in sports gilbert arenas addresses the media and michael vick continues his streak. and clinton portis
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words alone aren't engh. my job is to listen to the needs and frustrations of the shrimpers and fishermen, hotel or restaurant workers who lost their js to the spill. i'm iris cross. bp has taken full responsibility for the clean up in the gulf and that includes keeping you informed. our job is tlistenand find . that means working with communities. restoring the jobs, tourist beaches, and businesses impacte by t spill. we've paid over $400 million in claims and set up a $20 billion independently-run claims fund to cover lost income until people impacted can get back to work. and our effos aren't coming at tax-payer expense. i know peopleare wonder- now that the well is capped, is bp gonna meet its commitments? i was born in new orleans. my family stillives here. is bp gonna meet its commitments? i'm gonna be here until we make this right.
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now live in hd, this is news 4 at 6:00. two low cost air carriers agreed to a merger today. southwest airlines has anounced plans to buy air-tran airlines in a deal worth almost $1.5 billion. >> if tt happens, that move would get southwest a presence at national airport. chris gordon has our report. >>reporter: business analysts say that will increase bwi's international importance. for the first time southwest will begin to play a role at reagan national airport acquiring 11 daily flights and expand its presence at dulles international airport as well. transportation economist professor bob windell at the university of maryland's robert h. smith school of business says
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southwest will increase its reach to new york and boston by acquiringing air-tran hubs. >> southwest doesn't have a big presence in atlan. air-tran has a presence in atlanta, in milwaukee. i think in those situations you will have more service essentially by a l cost carrier to more destinations. that will be very helpful for consumers. >> reporter: passengers tell us southwest airlines is known for being iendly, having good customer service and -- somethinging about the bags. something about checking bags. um, oh, yes. first and secd bag, free. >> we enjoy not paying for bags. it seems most of the other airlines do charge. southwest has always banked on that bags fly free. so we hope that continues. >> reporter: bill and melissa reardon and their three daughters are returning to boston on air-tran, looking forward to the day they can fly southwest. >> we just checked in one bag for the five of us.
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yes, i know how to pack for five people. >> reporter: how much did it cost? >> $15. >> reporter: if this was southwest? >> it would be zero dollars and an improvement. >> reporter: southwest will carry more passengers than ny other airline in the united states. chris gordon, news 4. >> the southwest deal comes less than two weeks after shareholders approved the merger between united airlines and continental. that merger will create the world's largest airline. how the proposed merger will affect prices remains to be seen. ho an analysis in u.s. today found some airfares went up as much as 50% since june of 2009. those added fees have brought in more than $2 billion in this year's second quarter. >> a guilty verdict today in the trial of an accused drunk driver charged with killing a major league baseball pitcher from
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maryland. the jury found andrew gallo guilty of murder and dui charges in the murder of nick adenheart. he's just debuted with the angels in apl when a car driven by gallo ran a red light in california and crashed into him. adenhartnd two others were killed. gallo's blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit. >> in maryland they are trying to figure out what led to murder inside a psychiatric hospital. a woman named susan sacks was found dead at the birken state hospital sunday morning. police say another inmate killed her. 46-year-old saladin taylor is charged with first and second-degree murder. investigators still don't know why she did it. sacks was committed to the hospital for the criminally insane after she was accused in the murder in 2004 of a therapist in chevy chase, maryland. just last weepolice
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arrested a teenager for murder. the teen was released from the department of youth rehabilitation services. now the center will track young fenders with a gps system. derrick ward has more. >> reporter: there have been several high profile incidents of youths who committed crimes even while they are supposed to be under the supervision of the district department of youth rehabilitation services. the agency is now applying the latest sallite technology to keep track of some of the young people under their watch. >> reporter: it is the same global positioning technology in your car, but this application tells d.c.'s department of youth rehabilitation service that is young offenderare going places they aren't supposed to. >> we get alerts in real time when they are not where they are supposed to be, when they are t where we tell them to be. by utilizi that, we can respond immediately. >> reporter: to demonstrate i was fitted with one of the new gpsanklets.
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it takes some getting used to. but it's not uncomfortable. then i set out downtown to see how it works. >> we t this location in as somewhere i'm not supposed to be while wearing the bracelet. we'll show you what would happen. ideally a computer message would go out directly to personnel and they could send one of their people or the police. detailed maps can even graph a person's movements over a given period of time. they also alert and alarm if tampered with or removed which isn't easy. >> there wasome electronic monitoring but it was sporadic. the technology sn't good. the second thing that was utilized was something called intensive third party monitorig. we check on youth two, three times a y, but that had limitations. >> reporter: sometimes limitations can have dire consequences. a high profile multiple shooting in the district this year left four dead. the recent shooting in sherman circle left a catholic university studentead.
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suspects in those cases and nearly a dozen others included juveniles under dyrs supervision. >> this isn't the begin all and end all, but it is the beginning and it is a start. it is an important tool that we now have. >> reporter: rs has 25 units on hand now. a grant has been awarded to allow them to purchase another 175 units. back to y. thanks, derrick. detectives are looking into an early morning sexual assault in germantown, maryland. a 21-yeaold woman was raped in a wooded area near route 355 and high point drive. the victim said she was walking toward a convenience store, grabbed from behind and forced into the wood area. the attacker then ran off toward frederick road. pentagon employe should plan to leave eay for work. new detours are set up to get from metro to the pentagon. the new traffic pattns lead to
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the main visitor sbraens. officials are moving eployee checkpoints farther away from the building during weekdays. the changes are in response to a shooting at the station earlier this year that wounded two security guards and ended with the shooting of the gunman. >> union station is at the top of the list of the 25 busiest metro stations. that's according to a recent article in the washington business journal. in may the average weekday ridership was 32,700. metro center was the second busiest stop with 30,000 daily riders. chinatown was third. the least busy metro stop for the second year in a row was friendship heights in northwest d.c. with about 10,000 riders. still ahead on news 4, an actress who played an elderly shipreck survivor in "titanic" has died. >> you can now try your luck with slot machines in maryland. >> and how a dog came to the rescue of rare tigers.
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>> announcer: you're watching news 4 at 6:00. > gloria stork is a film star from the 0s. she appeared in more than 40 films but she's best known for her role as rose in the 1997
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ockbuster "titanic." she even earned an oscar nomination for her performance. at 87 years old, she was the oldest nominee in history. family members say the actress died yesterday in her home in los angele gloria stuart was 100 years old when she died. >> announcer: this is a news 4 weather alert. >> we'retill looking at rain across the area. not a lot going on now. most of the rain starting to die down now. i expect more rain overnight tonight. that's why we hadhe flash flood watch. you can see the raiakinging it through marts of the area. more rain down toward st. mary's county and the eastern shore. back to the west around fredricks county and western portions of louden and new clark countas well. the flash flood in effect tonight through tomorrow morning through the areas you see there. not everybody's going to see heavy rain. when you see it, it may be heavy
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at times. that could lead to flash flooding. also a new coastal flood warning in effect for portions of the chesapeake bay. watch out in annapolis. if you aren a flood prone area y may see some tonight and tomorro lows tonight, 66 in warrenton. again, we'll see rain tonight. rain tomorrow early. clearing out and 80 degrees. i'll have the four-day forecast later. guys? >> thank you, doug. for the firsttime you can legally gamble in maryland. the hollywood casino opened up today in perryville north of baltimore. it opened earlier. the grand opening will be thursday. it features 1500 slot machines expected to bring in $100 million in annual and state revue. there are no table games at the casino,but for some games like blackjack there are computerized dealers. >> there are sme tiger cubs who are very happy to have been
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saved, in fact, by a dog. other in china there is a dog nursing three snow tigersnd one white tiger. only about 200 snow tigers are left in the world. as a result of the unusually large litter the mother abandoned the cubs and they were kind of left to starve. that's when the dog stepped in or lay in, as you will, and allowed the tiger cubs to nurse along with her two puppies which she may continue to do until the tigers grow a little bit and decide they'd probably rather eat her. >> i think that dog had to be recruited. i n't think she stepp in. >> "oh, i'll do it." hi, lindsay. >> maybeome of the tiegers can run. how about the redskins? nice sue. >> i was trying to think of something. it's so bad everywhere you look. it was a hard one towatch. question, could the redskins
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running back clinton portis be hiding an injury? and the rams offense causes problems r the defense on third down. this week will bring a new set of challenges in the form of eagles quarterback michael vick. highlights when news 4 at 6:00 continues.
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right here in this neighborhood, i grew up learning strong families and hard work means opportunity. and that starts with good hools. it's a tradition here in maryland-- and why in these tough times i've put education first. we've made record investments in our classrooms... doubled the number of charter schools... and we've frozen college ttion for four years in a row. and it's working. experts say we now have the number one schools in the nation. when it comes to expanding opportunity
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in every neighborhood, i know that we must do even better. >> announcer: you're watching news 4 at 6:00. >> you know, i had go fettucini with italian sausage and peppers last night. >> where is this going? >> i'm going to tell you. in the fourth quarter i was so
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sick of those dudes i turned the tv off. >> and you went out to eat? >> no. i made it. i cooked. you know what i mean? >> drowned your sorrows. >> absolutely. it was really good. that really was miserable. >> a lot of people probably gave themselves more liquid courage. >> the question i had was whys clinton portis on the sidelin after he had 44 yards rushing in the first half, in his baseball cap. today we have more clarity. the answer, according to mike shanahan is the plan was to run port is on third down and passing situations but they aditted today portis was nursing a hand injury. portis said after the game he was not injured regdless after breathing life into the half the redskins rushed for one yard total in the second. in the first quarter, portis looking to get things going.
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he broke off his longest run of the season against the rams 30th ranked rushing defense. 27-yarder he. it looked right there like he gave up. shanahan talked to portis. today he said portis revealed he was concerned about ball security. so portis had 44 yards in the first half, second half. gave up the minus one. he said after the game he was even-keeled about his lack of playing time. >> that's the plan, you know. i can't question it. when they called my number, i went into the game. >> were you surprised by how little you played in the second half? i'm not surprised by much. i think ryan had big runs. i think he provided what they were looking for. i guess he was hot. >> in the second half to go with ryan more on first and second down and clinton on third.
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we didn't have the ball that many times. it wasn't as obvious as it could have been. we are always evaluatinging during the game depending on health. >> his right hand was bothering him. he felt like he didn't have the ball secured. he couldn't secure it well. he was afraid he would have contact on that side. i asked him the same question. that's what he shared with me. >>so it will be interesting to see what the redskins do with their running game against the tough eagles defense. the redskins fense, by the way, ranked last in the league now. it was a bad performance that made a lot of people question if this syem is working. it's not what you want to hear. it takes time to gel and unfortunately the learning curve has to be now in the regular season. the defensive coordinator had a lot of success in the past, but is struggling with the unit. the redskins allowed the rams to convert on 7 of 16 third-down
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plays. they allowed st. louis to keep the drives going and ultimately ran into the same isue on the go ahead touchdown. it is a problem that's really double-edged. the longer the defense stays on the field the more tired the players get. today the players re-emphasized the need to f the problem fast. >> we have to get off the field. it's frustrating when you get third and long or whatever long and they keep converting. each and every time. we have to get off the field. we had this problem last year. we've got to fix this thing now. we have to nip it right now before it's too late. >> we did have chances. he played a good game. a real good game. but at the same time the defense, the footbal team, you've got to respond better. you've got to make more plays. we had to go out and rise to the occasion. >> if theyanted a test, this one next week will be the
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s.a.t., man. the way the eagles are playing, you've got to be kidding me. eagles quarterback michael vick, if you hav't seen it, you will in a minute. he threw for 291 yards, three touchdowns plus he ran in a touchdown on his own. if the redskins thought it was tough with crowd noise and distraction in st. louis, think about what it will be like at the link where mcnabblayed his last ten seasons. to jacknville. earlier this week andy reed said vick was a starter the rest of the season barring injury. first quarter, no score. hereome the eagles. third and 16, vick drops back, throws it to deshawn jackson ovethe outstretched arms of the ags. 61 yards for the touchdown. the eagles were up 7-0. talk about a trooper, kevin call is the back-up for vick. eagles up 21-23. vick said, i will do what i us to do well-- avoid the tackle.
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can't catch him. fourth touchdown of the game. 321 yards of total offense. noturnovers. the eagles beat the jags 28-3. moving to basketball now, the izards held media day today. gilbert arenas said all fans care about is seeing him play basketball. that's what he wants to do. he was ordered by commissioner stern not to discuss events surrounding the gun incident from last season. gilbert said the way he's changed since then is by becoming more to himself. that was extremely clear through his demeanor today. arenas sported a thick beard and his new number 9 jersey as he posed for the photo for the up coming season. the press following him was unbelievable. gilbert hasn't spoken publically since last year. there was a dramatic difference from the fun-lovinging arenas. he said he's only smiling now on thinside. >> i'm very happy.
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you know, the past me used to showappiness on the tside. there is no need to do that anymore. you know, now i can just play the game the right way, play with my passio that's what we need to focus on. the only place i will smile is on the court. you know? that's what my job is. that's what my love is. that's the only time i need to do that now. >> gilbert was extremely serious. do you see his demeanor is serious? >> any time i asked him to do something he would do it. i thought he was very serious. i think he's still serious. as i said many times, i don't think he wouldant to talk to 50 people out here and everything else. as he starts playing in games his passion will start showing. he love iis game too much. >> i don't have a doubt withis talent that he can light it up.
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i wanted to shake him today. you're like, gilbert, come on. he can be so f-loving. >> i would much rather see him light up the court than light up aress conference. >> that's all anybody needs. that's true. but still, man, you want to see him crack a smile soon. >> you will. as soon as he drops 32. >> tonight at midnight madness practice. >> thanks, lindsay. >> doug has a final check on the weather forecast. weather forecast. >> we'll show you so check the tag. made in france. w. the price tag. double wow. up to 60% off. find what makes you happy at a price that makes you homegoods happy.
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four yea ago, bob ehrlich got fired as governor of maryland. for good reason. first, he protected tax loopholes for giant cable cable companies. then, he let utilities jack up our rates 72%. and for thlast four years, he worked as a hired gun for big corporations, even a bank that took billions from a taxpayer funded bailout. ehrlich sides th corporate executives again and again and again tell bob ehrlich big banks a billionares don't need help. middle cde do.
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torrential rain is continuing to cause problems and threaten communities in the midwest. high water in at least three states caused power outages and flooded roads. lee anne greg reports on a community in wisconsin keeping a nervous watch on a weekend levee. >> in the upper midwest in towns from minnesota to the dakotas, yards and streets are under water. >> this will be my first fall flood. typically it's a spring flood. >> reporter: in central wisconsin, more flooding brought on by days of heavy rain. a failed levee in portage left stranded residents who didn't heed warnings to evacuate. it's not clear how many remained when rushing waters covered the roads out. others took no chances. >> we took the furniture out, the floorboards we pulled up. >> they kept saying the levee might breach. i wanted to get out. >> reporter: theres more concern that the levee in portage could give way, threateng more homes. in parts of wisconsin, water
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levels are receding and a cleanup is under way. >> 's a pain in the butt to deal with. i think, you know, i want to live on the water, not in it. >> reporter: in southern minnesota more than ten inches of rain last week forced dozen of other communities to close roads and schools due to high water. as residents stayed busy pumping water from their homes and waiting for levels to drop damage assessments are under way. lee anne greg, nbc news. doug ha a final check on ur weather. >> we won't see anything like that. we need some of the rain across our area. we are getting it now. some locations picked up two to three inches. others have a tenth to auarter of an inch. plenty of cloud cover around the area. the low clouds continue to hang around. we are looking at live digital doppler. you can see where the rainis mostly to the west of the district. also to the east toward the eastern share to st.mary's county. more rain tonight. that's why we have a flash flood watch in effect overnight
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tonight. 80 degrees tomorrow. 76 on your wednesday. >> thank you, doug. dune buggies don't generally fall in the category of luxury vehicles, but there are three of them. over in abu dhabi in the united states arab emirates you may want to take a look at. they are not your usually get you point a tooint b across the sand buggies. they are decorated with gold and diamonds. almost everything yellow you see is gold-plated which includes parts of the engine and the wheel covers. the speedometer a other things are trimmed with diamonds. th finishing touches add up to each of the buggies with a sticker price of more than half a million dollars. my, oh, my. "nightly news" is next. >> see you at 11:00. on our broadcast he this monday night, "education nation." confronting a problem that

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